This week’s treats for your ears come courtesy of local singer/songwriter, Kurt Gunn. Dive in, discover something new, or rediscover an already familiar tune through his lens.
And speaking of rediscovering familiar songs through the lens of Kurt Gunn, check out a Kurt’s COVERS COUNTDOWN TO SPRING project on Soundcloud. Kurt covers favorite songs and is releasing one a week to help get us to spring! Seriously soooooooo good!
Kurt has new music coming out March 9. Album release event happens at Rock Garden Studio details here https://www.facebook.com/events/2265774333703749/
Now here’s what Kurt’s listening to…
Matthew Davies – Check him out on Bandcamp or with his band Thriftones. He also has a new album dropping any week now. I’ve shared a couple shows with Matthew now, and his songwriting is incredible. I’m a huge fan, and you should be too.
Nicholas Raymond – “Light And Sounds And Colors Collide.” I first heard this song on the Voices Of The Avenue CD. This is one of the standout tracks on that disc. I listen to this song daily.
For those of you that still listen to whole albums, here are a few you can go straight through on.
Death Cab For Cutie – PLANS
Warren Zevon – EXCITABLE BOY
Butch Walker – AFRAID OF GHOSTS (produced by Ryan Adams, and you can tell!)
Steve Earle – GUITAR TOWN (“My Old Friend The Blues” and “Someday” standout tracks)
Here are some of my personal favorites...
Lyle Lovett – “Nobody Knows Me”
This was the song my wife and I danced to at our wedding.
Theo Katzman – “Plain Jane Heroin”
Was introduced to this band by Sam Luna, thankful for that!
Jackson C Frank – “Blues They Run The Game”
Counting Crows have a great version of this song too.
Bob Dylan – "Baby Let Me Follow You Down”
This is the song that made me want to play guitar...still can’t play this song on guitar.
Bonnie Raitt – “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
If you’re into Bon Iver, he has a pretty great version of this song, but Bonnie’s is better.
Counting Crows – “Raining In Baltimore”
Speaking of Bonnie Raitt, Adam Duritz had originally written this song to give to her, but producer T Bone Burnett said no way you’re doing that! Thank God, because this is my favorite Crows song.
The Byrds – “Mr. Spaceman”
When I first discovered my parents’ record collection, I wore this puppy out!)
Cat Power – “The Greatest”
First discovered Cat Power through Austin City Limits, this is the song that made me a fan.
Damien Rice – “Trusty And True”
First heard this song on a great YouTube video of Damien Rice performing in a hotel lobby. Great stripped down impromptu concert, – the drummer, Earl Harvin is amazing.
Geri X – “Wishin’ You Were Here”
Geri comes through these parts a couple times a year for Mile/Steelbridge/Dark Songs, etc. Get out and see her when she does. Another great song I listen to a lot of her’s is “You’re Half Mine.”
Glen Hansard – “Way Back In The Way Back When”
Pretty much anything Glenn Hansard does is amazing.
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Listening to something cool?
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